Meg Ryan

10 Great Multi-Character Movie Performances

In Cloud Atlas, the ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell’s sprawling novel by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer (out tomorrow), six interlocking but initially unrelated stories are told, decades or even centuries apart, and to further the film’s everything-is-connected theme, the filmmakers had most of their cast take roles — large and small — in each of the stories. Some do it more successfully than others (Hugo Weaving is as versatile as ever, but Tom Hanks’ Cockney gangster is, erm, a bit of a stretch), but it’s an endurance test that actors love to take, the kind of challenge that makes a thesp’s mouth water. Cloud Atlas marks one of the few occasions that multi-role performances (and by that we mean more than two) have been taken on in service of a serious film, however; it’s usually, but not always, a gimmick for character-based comedians. At any rate, we’ve assembled a few of our very favorite performances by actors who decided to flex their chameleon muscles; check them out after the jump. … Read More

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10 Memorable Cinematic New Year’s Eves

Ah, New Year’s Eve — that special night of the year where we put so pressure on ourselves to have a great time, have a great time, HAVE A GREAT TIME that we end up, inevitably, having a really lousy time. (Don’t pretend like it’s just me.) Part of our self-imposed pressure to enjoy ourselves on the last night of the year is, we contend, the fault of movies, which often present the evening as an occasion for joyous celebration, thoughtful reflection, and new beginnings (often with a new object of affection). But some films also recognize the nightmare of New Year’s Eve, and dramatize that. We’ve assembled a few examples of each after the jump, and humbly present ten on-screen New Year’s Eves that we find memorable — for reasons both good and bad. All will make fine New Year’s Eve viewing — and are far better than New Year’s Eve. … Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were shocked by the U.K. poster for Lars Von Trier’s forthcoming ball buster, Antichrist, but even more shocked that someone would use the words “revered legacy” and “Third Eye Blind” in the same sentence. We discovered Melanie Fiona’s “Give it to Me Right” — best Zombies sample ever. We laughed at Old Rock Dudes with Meg Ryan Hair, but would argue that it’s going to be hard to sustain. We wondered why the Teenage Mututant Ninja Turles were all dragged out. We were inspired by these typographic posters. We learned how hard it is to be a short filmmaker. And finally, we downloaded Kind of Bloop — an 8-bit tribute to Miles Davis’ Kind of… Read More

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Five Films That Made New Year’s Eve Seem Life Changing

Thanks to an unhealthy childhood obsession with the films of Meg Ryan, we grew up believing that anything could happen on New Year’s Eve — especially if it was related to romance. We were also concerned about becoming plucky but alcoholic when we grew up (When a Man Loves a Woman), but that’s an entirely different kettle of fish. After the jump, five films that make the holiday look much more magical than it really is; add any we might have missed in the comments. … Read More

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